Asbestos is not a man-made material, it is a mineral found naturally inside of the earth and extracted through a mining process. In the late 1800s, many American companies began using asbestos in products or processes because of its natural fire-resistant abilities, coupled with the fact that it was inexpensive to mine or obtain. Below are a few products that are known to have contained asbestos.
Asbestos Construction Products
Asbestos was used in construction products such as pipe lagging, furnace cement, wall panels, ceiling tiles, joint compound, caulk, roofing materials, cement siding, and strong glue for interior fixtures. The insulation or fabric around your home’s boiler or HVAC system may also contain asbestos. It may also be in the electrical components of your home, such as panels, shielding, wire insulation, cable wrap, and flash guards. Asbestos gaskets were often used for joining pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and other machinery to pipes, and asbestos packing was used around the stems of valves and in the glands of pumps. Asbestos was also commonly used in insulation products like pipe-wrap, loose-fill insulation between walls, acoustic tiles, and soundproof insulation.